Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Another day, another cathedral

After my nap, I took the métro downtown to visit the cathedral of Marie-Reine-du-Monde (Mary, Queen of the World). The cathedral is built in the renaissance style, similar to the neo-classical design of the Panthéon in Paris, but much newer. One hundred years separate the buildings' completion dates.

Part of the central dome. You can see the top of the ciborium in this photo.

There was no tour, no climbing, just an open church with a mix of tourists and worshipers. I wandered around inside and took some photos, then headed back out. I went, I saw, I left.

The ciborium under the central dome.

The ciborium, or canopy, over the altar was made in Rome and is, from what I read, a reproduction of the ciborium in Saint Peter's at the Vatican. I saw that one in 1981. Now I know why this one looked so familiar.

The view up the central aisle in the nave.


  1. Great pictures, Walt: "Veni, vidi, vici" ...

  2. Unlike many European churches, it is very brightly lit, and very impressive.

  3. Jan took the words right out of my mouth.

  4. I thought St Peter's when I saw that beautiful canopy. Nice photos of a beautiful church!

  5. Wow, what a place. Great job on the photos. Thanks for teaching me a new word (ciborium).

  6. I realise I never set a foot in this cathedral and I've benn living in this city all my life. Shame on me!

  7. jan, thanks. I thought the same thing, but didn't add it to the post.

    andrew, brightly painted, and brightly lit, yes.

    mitch, I nearly added "veni, vidi, reliquit," but it didn't have the same rhythm.

    evelyn, I did, too.

    judy, I didn't know it, either, but learned it from the Wikipedia entry.

    jon, somehow we tend not to be tourists in our own towns. I lived in San Francisco for 18 years and never once visited Alcatraz.

  8. A majestic place, so many impressive gold details!

  9. spa lady, very pretty, indeed!

    rex, thanks!


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